Wednesday, November 10, 2010

she is here, she is finally here!


Welcome: Lucy Grace Nugent!
Born: 10-26-2010
8lb 6oz
18 3/4 inches

After much anticipation and out of sheer hatred of pregnancy, Lucy Grace Nugent entered into the world two weeks ago. One day after my due date I was induced. At her size and position (OP) I wouldn't have made it any longer.

Lucy's Birth Story:
I headed to the hospital the night of the October 25th with pretty strong contractions. They were strong, but not progressing. I was still only dilated between a 3-4. They admitted me that night because I was scheduled to come in at 7am the next morning anyway.

Note to self: sleep is much more comfortable in my bed than a labor/delivery bed. Not a great night sleep for Matt or I. He was curled up on a stiff IKEA sized couch and forgot to pack shorts. He ended up sleeping in his jeans. I was up all night with all the back labor and the delivery beds are NOT comfortable.

The next morning I showered, flat ironed my hair (if you saw the last birth pictures with Jax you'll know why, they were awful and my greasy hair was a mess). I ate breakfast and took my last walk before they officially broke my water. When they broke my water and started the Pitocin I was still pretty confident I would go natural. I didn't with Jax, but thought the second baby birth might be a bit easier and shorter.

I labored everywhere I could think of from the medicine ball to the rocking chair to all fours and to the toilet. Finally, when I was throwing up and my contractions were right on top of each other that it hurt to get out of bed, I gave up. I was about 7-8 cm and not progressing. After I got the epidural, I watched a show, listened to music and just hung out with my awesome delivery team. About an hour after the epidural Lucy was crowning and I was ready to go. Three pushes and she was out. Very little tearing and trauma. She was beautiful and nursed right away.

She entered the world to "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N Roses an accidental shuffle of tunes coming across my not-so-genius Genius playlist. Just hope she stays far away from the drug influences suggested by the lyrics.

I guess I am a bit of a wuss compared to all of my sisters and mom that have had natural childbirths for all of their babies. In someways having that epidural the first time jinxed me, I just knew how good it feels and how different the labor feels with it (maybe I was influenced inter-utreo by messages of music in the 70's).

video

pre-delivery
8.6 chubbers
proud parents
delivery dream team
2 days old

Thursday, October 7, 2010

3 of Jax's favorite things...

HOORAY for being 3...oh I am sorry I meant 3 1/2 - don't get it wrong he will correct you.

RAIN (long awaited rainstorms and cooler weather)
Batman!!
Preschool

Thursday, September 23, 2010

summer from hell

The title sums up this summer a bit.

Long story short enduring pregnancy in Phoenix's heat is in itself a feat. In addition, we were thrown quiet a few curve balls over the last couple months...my first flip turned out a flop, Matt's car died (due to an accident) and we moved mid-summer in 113 degree weather (rented out our lovely home and downsized about 1000 sq feet).

(this little face can get you through anything)

After many tears, we are finally adjusting and realizing just how resilient we can be. Around the corner is cooler weather and these wonderful things to look forward to:
  1. Jax's preschool
  2. finishing the nursery
  3. baby Lucy's arrival next month
  4. past the half-way point for residency
  5. finding out where we are moving next for fellowship

Sunday, April 11, 2010

spring training


Easter morning
spring training

The Shaeffer clan came in town for spring break. We had an event filled week with two spring training baseball games, dinners with Dan's siblings, the easter pageant, easter festivities and conference.

It was so much fun. Jax was thrilled to have all his cousins at his house. He is obsessed with Christopher and wants to spend every minute with him. Luckily, we followed them right back to Salt Lake where Jax continues to follow Chris around and demands for his attention. Chris is so sweet with and patient with Jax. Love these kids!

Friday, April 9, 2010


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Happy Bday My Big Superhero

Where does the time fly to? Last weekend we were up, up and away celebrating this little guy's 3 year old superhero bday party.


I got a lot of good ideas online and a fabulous pinata from Walmart. My favorite of all would have to be the instructions for making a superhero cape out of t-shirts for less than $2 a piece: http://recycledcrafts.craftgossip.com/how-to-recycle-a-t-shirt-into-a-super-hero-cape-and-apron/2009/11/26/.

Jax had a blast and I believe the rest of the kiddos did to. I on the other hand need another whole year to recover.:)